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There are many ways to measure how far Man United have come last year, but the whole situation with Odion Ighalo sums it up pretty well.
At this point, last year they were desperately looking for help upfront and the window ended with the strange loan move from the former Watford man.
He quickly became a forgotten man at Old Trafford after the COVID-19 breakout and has barely had a glimpse since, while a look at the current team shows why.
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In the space of a year, they’ve gone from pitching Ighalo in despair to having Rashford, Cavani, Greenwood and Martial at the helm, while the wider areas have many young talents like Amad Diallo and Pellistri pushing for a supporting role of potential impact.
Ighalo’s loan period ends at the end of this month and there is no sign of it being extended, while it begins to look like he doesn’t want to return to China either.
He’s been linked to some sides on an interim basis this month with nothing looking likely, so objective they have reported that he called on the parties to MLS to sign it.
He suggests that he’s really only looking for clubs that can pay him big bucks rather than trying to make an impact in one of the big European leagues, but it would be nice to see him get a move that allows him to play. regularly again.